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Schools Beyond Measure

Saturday 12th October 2013

Schools Beyond Measure

The National Conference for Christians in School Leadership provides delegates with the opportunity to receive professional and personal development in a uniquely Christian setting. High calibre speakers enable delegates to reflect on their role and how their faith can sustain, nurture and develop them as educational leaders.

In our current attainment driven education environment, how do we rise above the pressure to measure and focus on the child instead? And is it possible to educate "Christianly" and still measure up? This conference seeks to explore issues around measurement, attainment, what education is for and how we can educate "Christianly" in a target driven world.

Conference Downloads

The following is a selection of free resources and downloads, made available from this conference.

  • SchoolsBeyondMeasure NCCSL2013 Timetable : Download »
  • Coleen Jackson National Conference for Christians in School Leadership 2013 : Download »

National Conference for Christians in School Leadership

“Quite the best conference and meeting of minds I have ever attended in 36 years of education.”

The NCCSL conference provides an outstanding opportunity for Christian school leaders and diocesan education teams to receive professional and pastoral development as they balance the challenges and demands of school improvement, leading a school, team, department or Key Stage. Networking opportunities allow for creative solutions to be developed to shared problems. Time to think and reflect provides opportunities to refocus and re-energise your vision and passion for education. Some of the comments we have had on past conferences:

“There is very little training out there that links specifically to schools' Christian context. I only wish I had discovered the conference sooner!!!”

“As ever, came away feeling refreshed and renewed and wondering why more people don't come to the conference”

“ . . . challenging and stimulating thinking to take back to my work situation”

“Really enjoyed . . . having opportunity to share both professionally and personally. It was excellent”

“Thank you it was great and all very useful”

“ . . . very high calibre of speaker, definitely inspirational in all senses of the word . . . ”

“ . . . professionally and personally challenging, inspiring and fulfilling . . . a unique experience and something you don't get anywhere else”

“ . . . an excellent conference: very encouraging and thought-provoking”

Organised by an independent group of Christian Head Teachers and supported by Association of Christian Teachers, The Stapleford Centre and TISCA (The Independent Schools Christian Alliance).


Adrian Brown, Assistant Head of Sixth Form at the Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, Derbyshire

Adrian Brown

Adrian Brown has been a member of the National Executive of the Professional Council for RE and was a founder committee member of the British Society for the Philosophy of Religion. He has acted as consultant to the QCA and the Stapleford Centre, of which he has been a trustee since 2010.

Adrian is married to Alison and has two grown up married sons.

A regular speaker at national and international conferences, his publications include Skills Challenge (1992), Skills Challenge II (1995), God Talk, Science Talk (1997), articles in many educational anthologies, numerous book reviews and articles in journals ranging from the Journal of Education and Christian Belief, RE Today, to Science and Christian Belief and The Swedish Journal of Religion. He was a major contributor to Test of Faith: Science and Religion Meet: Resources for Schools (2010).

Most recently Grove Books published his Reassessing the Culture of Assessment: Weighing Pigs Does Not Make Them Heavier (2011), a book that is very relevant to the topic conference.


Dr Coleen Jackson, Acting Principal Waverley Abbey College and International Education Consultant

Dr Coleen Jackson

Coleen is working with CWR to develop a Christian University based near Eason’s Green in East Sussex. This will realise the vision of CWR’s founder Revd Dr Selwyn Hughes. Working with the current CEO, Mick Brooks, Coleen has supported the development of BA and MA programmes for delivery in the UK and Singapore. Coleen is an experienced senior leader with a background in schools and universities including headship and Deputy Dean for Education in two universities. Coleen has worked with leadership teams in a consultancy capacity supporting their development. She is associate with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and currently works on consultancy projects with ARK, Virtual Staff College and Deloittes in the UK.

Her international work with governments and private education institutions has taken her to Lithuania, Sweden, Rwanda, Pakistan, Middle and Far East and Australia in the last two years. Coleen sits on various boards including the International Professional Development Association and the governing body of a school in West Sussex. Coleen has been involved in writing the NCTL leadership curriculum, writing modules on facilitation and faith schools, and developing the endorsement process for the National Society.

Whether designing leadership programmes, facilitating learning, project managing, researching or writing Coleen looks for innovative practices and creative approaches to making learning a fun, transformative process for adults in order to encourage them to do likewise in their schools.

When time allows Coleen has a wide range of interests that include water-colour painting, music, sport and travel. One highlight in recent years was being a Games Maker for London 2012 - definitely an experience of a lifetime.

Andy Yarrow, Principal, Chelsea Academy

Andy YarrowAfter serving as Headteacher at Hornsey School for Girls, which was judged as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted for the first time in May 2007, Andy was appointed Principal of Chelsea Academy in April 2008, four terms in advance of the Academy's opening, in order to recruit students and staff and design the Academy's ethos, operational systems and curriculum.

Chelsea Academy has two sponsors, the Church of England and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and was set up with a vision for a school that serves its local community and has a distinctive Christian ethos. In it's recent and first Ofsted judgement (July 2011) the school was deemed to have made 'outstanding progress'.

A committed member of the organising group for the National Conference for Christians in School Leadership and of ACT, Andy also has a high profile role amongst Headteachers in London, serving as Chair of the London Headteachers' Steering Group for the Specialist Schools & Academies Trust from 2007 to 2010, as a member of the SSAT's Academy Principals' Steering Group since 2009 and as a London representative on the Association of School and College Leaders Council since 2007. He also served as London Representative on the ASCL Council from 2007 to 2011 and is now a National Representative and Chair of ASCL's Education Committee.

Rev Mary Barnes

Rev Mary Barnes

Conference Chaplain

The Rev'd Mary Barnes serves as Vicar for the parish of Old Windsor. She brings a wealth of experience to the conference chaplaincy from her varied career. Having recently become a school governor, she understands some of the challenges Christian school leaders face in schools today.

Mary served as conference chaplain for us last year and so we are looking forward to her wonderful mix of depth, joy and inspiration at this year's conference.


Chelsea Academy, Lots Road, London, SW10 0AB

A new school set up by the Church of England and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Chelsea Academy aims to serve its local community and has a distinctive Christian ethos. Located in the centre of London, the school sports state of the art facilities.

More about Chelsea Academy

The Academy is a mixed Church of England Academy for students aged between 11 and 18 years near Chelsea Harbour. It opened in September 2009 and has places for 162 students per year group.

Chelsea Academy is sponsored by the London Diocesan Board for Schools and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The Sponsors’ vision is for a school that serves its local community and has a distinctive Christian ethos.

Chelsea Academy combines traditional values and the highest standards with an innovative approach to learning and teaching. Students, teachers and associate staff work together to build a community based on mutual respect where students can flourish and develop the personal qualities they need for future success. The stated aim is to help develop young people who can make a valuable contribution to society.

We are particularly excited to be able to hold the conference at Chelsea Academy this year, as it is a school that embodies many of the qualities conference participants will be invited to consider, instilling hope that there is a positive way forward for Christian education in the current Ofsted culture.

The Royal Foundation of St Katherine

This conference is a day conference, taking place on Saturday 12th October 2013. However, for those delegates who wish to stay overnight, either before or after the conference, we recommend the Royal Foundation of St Katherine.

Please note that delegates will need to make their own bookings at


The conference commences with registration at 9.00am and will conclude at 5.30pm.

Optionally, delegates will be able to spend the weekend in London (accommodation will need to be booked by the delegates). Saturday evening, 7pm, delegates staying for the evening will have the opportunity to book a table for dinner together in a local pub/restaurant.

On Sunday, there will be the opportunity for remaining delegates to go to church together.

Conference Costs

Full conference

  • Full conference, incl. lunch, for early bookings £55
  • Full conference, incl. lunch, for late bookings £70

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Conference Registration

Registration for this conference closed on Saturday 12th October 2013.